How did Puget Sound sports teams get their nickname? It's complicated.

In the late 1970s, half a century after his own playing days were over, a former Puget Sound football player named Charlie Brady ’24 would drop by Baker Stadium on occasion to watch Logger football practices. He was retired, nearing the age of 80, and living within walking distance of campus. Brian Threlkeld ’83, an offensive lineman at the time, remembers Brady. “We’d all shake hands with him as we trotted out to practice, and he loved it.” In 1980 the team even invited Brady to fly with them to the season opener at Chico State, a 37-0 Logger win. Brady wrote a poem in thanks, and one of the coaches pinned it up in the locker room.

The players didn’t know much about Brady—“just that he was an old-time Logger, and deeply devoted to his alma mater,” Threlkeld says. They certainly didn’t realize that Brady had played on the very first Puget Sound football team to be called the Loggers. In fact, Brady may have an even bigger claim to fame: He might just be the man responsible for the Logger nickname.

This year, Puget Sound sports teams mark 100 years of being known as the Loggers. The name is a point of pride, evoking toughness. “Loggers are a deep-rooted, loyal community who symbolize strength and perseverance,” says Athletic Director Amy Hackett. The name is also distinctive—no other NCAA team has the nickname. But how did the name come about? Whose idea was it? There’s no official answer to that question, nothing definitive in the athletic annals, no one still alive who can say exactly how it happened.